Faculty & Research

Question Further

As faculty research extends into global domains in the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and progress, Notre Dame International offers support for those interested in teaching, research, or service learning opportunities abroad.

Through its global network of Gateways and Centers, strategic partnerships, and logistical knowledge, NDI is prepared to assist you by helping host academic events, facilitating communication with libraries, archives, and special collections, or providing funding through a number of grants for faculty-led initiatives.

By collaborating with our colleagues across countries and continents, across nationalities and religions, across time zones and climates, we can support the Notre Dame faculty who ask important questions and create knowledge for the good of our neighbors and for the good of the world.

Whether you want to attend a conference, collaborate with international faculty, or plan a trip with students, we can help you get started.

Faculty Highlights

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Umesh Garg

Professor of Experimental Nuclear PhysicsLondon

Nuclear Physicist Umesh Garg served as a visiting faculty member at the London Global Gateway during the fall 2018 semester. During that time, Garg was invited to give ten talks on his research in five different countries, including Sweden, Italy, and Hungary. The traveling didn’t stop with Europe, he went to a conference in South Africa and even managed to fit an experiment in Japan into his schedule.

Garg is in high demand to give talks on his research, which looks at certain properties of the nucleus, particularly its compressibility. He is energetic in spreading the word about his research, and is enthusiastic about spending time in London. 

“Academically, that’s why I’m attracted to London: it’s so central," says Garg.

Through these talks, conferences and experiments, Garg raises the profile of Notre Dame and its world class facilities. His collaborations all over the world invariably lead to conversations about what he is doing in London. He uses this opportunity to explain the University, and the existence of its global gateways and centers. These interactions have led to great things, including a major nuclear physics conference being hosted at the London Global Gateway in 2018, and another one, in August 2019.

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IIaria Schnyder Von Wartensee

Ford Family Research Assistant Professor, Kellogg InstituteRome

Ilaria Schnyder Von Wartensee is a research assistant professor with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Since 2017, she has been working on a five-year Humanitarian Corridor Research Project sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Ford Program in Human Development. The research focuses on one particular corridor, extending from Ethiopia to Italy. In January of 2017, the Italian Bishops’ Conference and three NGOs, Caritas Italy, Migrantes, and Sant’Egidio, signed an agreement with the Italian government to introduce a safe passage for 500 Eritreans, South Sudanese and Somalis (Christians and Muslims) to resettle from Ethiopian refugee camps to communities in Italy.

Schnyder’s research will analyze and evaluate the integration experience of the 500 refugees into Italian society over a period of five years.

“Our research will shed light on the wider context of the role of religion, faith and dignity in one of the most pressing political and social challenges of our times, namely international migration,” comments Schnyder.

“The role of accompaniment, the reality of encounter between refugees and their Catholic hosts, and the general cultural context, is of special interest to us.”

Since November of 2017, approximately 150 refugees arrived to Italian shores in separate flights. Schnyder, together with Caritas and Sant’Egidio volunteers, is accompanying them from Ethiopia to Italy, meeting them in the refugee camps, and witnessing their pre-departure cultural orientation. Upon arrival to Italy, refugees are located and welcomed into local communities, families, churches, schools, and dioceses. Schnyder, as part of her research, will follow them during their integration period, through a variety of narratives and daily experiences of both beneficiaries and communities in different geographical contexts. 

Schnyder says this is something possible only in small municipalities or towns, whereas bigger cities, such as Rome, are more likely to be distant although more welcoming to refugees. The project is taking her all over Italy to meet the communities and interview the people involved.

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Kevin Walsh

Director of Minor in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering SystemsNew Zealand

A team of sixteen undergraduate students spent one week over the summer of 2018 in New Zealand, inspecting historic buildings for earthquake vulnerabilities and potential economic impacts to the local communities. The trip was led by Kevin Walsh from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, along with researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago. Both students and researchers worked together to provide critical data to various stakeholders in New Zealand so that leaders can make informed decisions on enhancing their community’s resilience.

The short-term faculty-student collaboration opportunity was funded by The Insider Project, a grant facilitated by Notre Dame International. The Insider Project is a framework for mobile, agile, ad hoc study trips, seminars and research abroad. The initiatives are small, short-term, faculty-led groups organized around faculty research agendas and site-specific opportunities for global education.